Shout! Studios Sets Watch-at-Home Date for ‘Stuntwomen’ Doc

Shout! Studios has announced a Sept. 22 watch-at-home date for Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story, a new documentary directed by April Wright and narrated by Michelle Rodriguez.

The film will debut on digital platforms such as AppleTV, Amazon, Vudu, GooglePlay, Hoopla, Fandango Now, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox and Charter.

Based on the best-selling book by Mollie Gregory, Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story introduces viewers to the female stunt performers who drive the action behind some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies, from the first black-and-white “flickers” to today’s high-tech mega epics.

Stuntwomen over the years have risked their lives in front of the camera, while fighting for equal rights with male stunt performers, battling sexism and harassment, and sometimes sustaining life-threatening injuries.

Some of the stunt performers interviewed include Jeannie Epper (Wonder Woman, Charlie’s Angels), Julie Ann Johnson (Caprice, Charlie’s Angels), Jadie David (Foxy Brown, Escape from L.A.), Donna Evans (Total Recall, The Italian Job), Debbie Evans (The Fast and the Furious, The Matrix Reloaded), Donna Keegan (True Lies, Scarface), Amy Johnston (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Suicide Squad), Alyma Dorsey (Captain Marvel, Birds of Prey), Heidi Moneymaker (Black Widow, Captain America: Civil War), Keisha Tucker (Black Panther, Birds of Prey), Jessie Graff (Wonder Woman, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Angela Meryl (Kill Bill Vol. 1, Skyfall), Cheryl Lewis (Orange is the New Black, Luke Cage), Jennifer Caputo (Jason Bourne, The Amazing Spider-Man), Kelly Roisin (Venom, Ant-Man), and Deven McNair (Green Lantern, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).

‘B-52s: Live at the US Festival’ Coming to DVD and Digital Platforms Sept. 4

Shout! Factory has announced the Sept. 4 release of The B-52s: Live at the US Festival, a live performance recorded of the B-52s in action at the 1982 inaugural US Festival.

The performance, which will be available on DVD and other digital platforms, features all five original band members and is dedicated to the band’s guitarist Ricky Wilson, who passed away five years after the performance.

The B-52s: Live at the US Festival is the first-ever DVD release from their classic era, and comes packed with 13 hits and favorites from the groups earlier years, including “Party Out of Bounds,” “Give Me Back My Man,” Planet Claire,” “Throw That Beat in the Garbage Can,” “Lava,” “Mesopotamia,” “6060-842,” “Big Bird,” “52 Girls,” “Dance This Mess Around,” “Private Idaho,” “Rock Lobster” and “Strobe Light.”

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Bonus features will include new interviews with Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson talking about Ricky and what he meant to their unique sound, along with memories from their performance at the US inaugural festival.

Shout! Factory to Reissue, on Blu-ray Disc, 2002 Nicolas Cage Film ‘Adaptation’

The film wShout! Factory has announced the Oct. 20 home release date of Adaptation, a 2002 American comedy-drama starring Nicolas Cage (Face/Off, Valley Girl), Meryl Streep (Little Women, Sophie’s Choice), and Chris Cooper (Little Women, August: Osage County).

ill be available on Blu-ray Disc, and includes special features such as the original featurette, a stills gallery, and a trailer.

Based on the 1998 nonfiction book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, the film is a blend of fictional characters and situations with the lives of reach people.

Directed by Spike Jonze and scripted by Charlie Kaufman, Adaption follows the story of Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Cage) as he struggles to adapt Susan Orlean’s (Streep) best-selling book The Orchid Thief. The lives of Kaufman and Orlean’s book become strangely intertwined, as each one’s search for passion collides with one another and his life quickly goes from unamusing and pathetic to bizarre.

Documentary on Manson Murder Victim Jay Sebring Heading Home From Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory has announced the Sept. 22 release for home audiences of Jay Sebring … Cutting to the Truth, a documentary directed by Anthony DiMaria on the life of Hollywood trendsetter Jay Sebring, from his meteoric rise as a cultural icon to his untimely murder at the hands of the Manson family.

The documentary will be available on demand or digitally on Apple TV, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, Hoopla, Fandango Now, Verizon, DirecTV, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, Charter and AT&T U-verse.

Jay Sebring … Cutting to the Truth is an illuminating portrait of Sebring, the long-forgotten artist, designer, and entrepreneur who created a billion-dollar men’s hair and fashion industry and defined iconic Hollywood styles for men. The documentary traces Sebring’s life from his Michigan roots to his meteoric rise as a trendsetter, and further examines the facts as well as the myths leading up to the fateful night on Cielo Drive where he was brutally murdered, with Sharon Tate and three others, by followers of Charles Manson – as well as the endless media reports on the murders that followed.

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Filmmakers Johnny Bishop (producer/editor) and Sebring’s nephew, Anthony DiMaria (director/producer), embarked on a 12-year quest to decipher the facts. Among those interviewed in the documentary are Dennis Hopper, Nancy Sinatra, Quentin Tarantino, Quincy Jones, Robert Wagner, Paul Anka, Andy Williams, Vidal Sassoon, Max Baer Jr., Vanity Fair’s Dominick Dunne, Fred Segal, Barbara Luna, forensic specialist Dr. Michael Baden, Sebring protégé Joe Torrenueva, Debra Tate, Manson prosecutor Stephen Kay, Linda Lee (Bruce Lee’s wife), Stuart Whitman, and Vic Damone.

Anime Film ‘Weathering With You’ Arrives in 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition Nov. 17

GKIDS and Shout! Factory are following up their initial home release of Weathering With You with a special collector’s edition that becomes available Nov. 17.

The four-disc set includes the film on both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc, along with the feature-length documentary “The Making of Weathering With You.” Priced at $79.98, the collector’s edition also includes the film’s soundtrack CD, a 104-page perfect-bound book, a mini poster, and a decal, all in a hard limited-edition case.

The set also comes with all the bonus features included on the earlier home releases.  Weathering With You first becomes available for home audiences on Aug. 4 as a digital download. A standard DVD and Blu-ray Disc, as well as a Steelbook, will be released Sept. 15.

A new film from director Makoto Shinkai and produced by Genki Kawamura, Weathering With You follows the story of a boy named Hodaka, who runs away from his remote island home in Tokyo the summer of his high school freshman year. He quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits, and notices the weather is unusually rainy and gloomy every day (a sign of his troubled future). He lives his days in isolation, finally finding his place as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. One day, he meets a bright and strong-willed girl named Hina, who possesses a strange but wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

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Japan’s official submission for the Best International Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards, and a Toronto International Film Festival official selection, the film is backed by an all-star voice cast, including Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, “The Hobbit Trilogy”), Alison Brie (Glow, the “Lego” movie franchise), and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Venom).

Japan’s official submission for the Best International Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards, and a Toronto International Film Festival official selection, the film is backed by an all-star voice cast, including Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, “The Hobbit” Trilogy), Alison Brie (Glow, the “Lego” move franchise), and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Venom).

New ‘Sesame Street’ DVD, Digital Release Set for Sept. 1

Shout! Kids and Sesame Workshop have set a Sept. 1 release date for Sesame Street Monster Hits: Rock & Rhyme With Elmo, available on DVD and for digital download.

Packed with over two hours of content, the release includes the full-length feature Elmo’s Music Magic as well as an exclusive Elmo poster.

On Monster Hits: Rock & Rhyme with Elmo, classic nursery rhymes are paired with favorite Sesame Street clips. For example, “Do You Know the Muffin Man” is paired with a scene in which Cookie Monster and Gonger whip up cranberry muffins on their “foodie truck.”

Currently in its 50th season, Sesame Street is the country’s longest-running children’s television program and has received more Emmy Awards than any other show in television history.

Shout! Kids is the children’s imprint of independent home entertainment distributor Shout! Factory.

Elmo’s Music Magic was originally released on DVD in 2011.

Two Acclaimed Anime Films Get Steelbook Treatment in October from Shout! Factory

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, in October will re-release My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Princess Mononoke (1997), two Japanese animated films from Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.

The films will be available Oct. 20 in a limited-edition Steelbook that includes a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack, along with hours of bonus features and a booklet with art and statements from the filmmakers.

My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of a professor and his two young daughters, Satsuki and Mei, who move into a new home in the countryside, only to find life is not as simple there as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children.

Bonus features include feature-length storyboards, theatrical trailers, “Behind the Microphone”; textless opening and end credits; the featurettes “Creating My Neighbor Totoro,” “Creating the Characters,” “The Totoro Experience,” and “The Locations of My Neighbor Totoro”; a making-of featurette, “Producer’s Perspective: Creating Ghibli”; and an eight-page booklet with statements from the producer and director.

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Set in the late Muromachi period (1336-1573) in Japan, Princess Mononoke follows young warrior Ashitaka as he heads west in search of a cure for a deadly curse he’s been inflicted with. He stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi, the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home and the forest spirits that live there.

Bonus features include feature-length storyboards, theatrical trailers, TV spots, a “Behind the Microphone” featurette; and an eight-page booklet with statements from the producer and director.

IFC’s Supernatural Horror Film ‘The Wretched’ Due on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Aug. 11

Genre film distributor IFC Midnight has announced the Aug. 11 release on disc of The Wretched, a 2019 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Brett and Drew Pierce.

The film will be available on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD, at a suggested retail price of $29.98 (Blu-ray) and $24.98 (DVD). Bonus features include commentary with the Pierce brothers and composer Devin Burrows.

The film follows the story of Ben, a rebellious teenage boy who is sent to live with his father for the summer following his parents’ separation. The idyllic tourist town offers little solace for him, however, as he is forced to deal with the local and privileged teens and his father’s new girlfriend. He thinks these are his only problems until he makes the chilling discovery that a spirit from the woods has taken ahold of his neighbors. Ben’s suspicions go unheeded as he embarks on a mission to put an end to the skin-walking witches reign of terror.

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The Wretched had its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 19, 2019 and was released in drive-in theaters and through video on demand on May 1, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting the amount of films in theaters, The Wretched became the first film since Avatar (2009) to top the box office for six consecutive weekends.

Live-Action ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ Film to Make Blu-ray Disc Debut

Shout! Kids has announced a Sept. 29 home release date for Thomas and the Magic Railroad: 20th Anniversary Edition, starring Alec Baldwin, Mara Wilson, the late Peter Fonda and others.

The release marks the first time the live-action film, based on the iconic “Thomas the Tank Engine” children’s books and cartoons, will be available on Blu-ray Disc.

The film tells the story of Mr. C (Baldwin), who comes from a family of miniature Conductors who travel between the Island of Sodor and Shining Time Station thanks to a supply of mysterious gold dust. However, the steam engines of Sodor suddenly find themselves in trouble when confronted by the ruthless Diesel 10, whose plan is to take over Sodor before Sir Topham Hatt’s return. Mr. C Teams up with Thomas and Lily (Wilson), who believes her grandfather (Fonda) may be the one who can crack the code and save the conductor family and get Sodor back on track.

While Thomas and the Magic Railroad celebrates its 20th anniversary, Thomas the Tank Engine is marking his 75th year as a beloved children’s character. Originally part of the Rev W. Awdry’s “Little Railway” book series, first released in 1945, Thomas was brought to life through the animated TV series “Thomas & Friends” in the 1980s.

Shout! Kids is the children’s imprint of Shout! Factory, one of the leading independent home entertainment distributors.

Anime Film ‘The Wonderland’ Available for Home Viewing Oct. 6

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts have announced an Oct. 6 home release date for The Wonderland, a 2019 Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy adventure film directed by Keiichi Hara.

The film will be available for digital download, on demand, as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and also as a standalone DVD.

Based on the 1988 children’s story Chikashitru Kara no Fushigi na Tabi (Strange Journey from the Basement), the film follows the story of a girl named Akane with little self-confidence, who, on her birthday, meets a mysterious alchemist named Hippocrates who brings her through a basement and into a fantastical world full of magic and color. Though things seem peaceful on the surface, he reveals this world is in danger and Akane finds herself being labeled as the Wonderland’s savior.

Bonus features include interviews with the Japanese voice cast, featuring the talent of Mayu Matsuoka (Young Shoya, A Silent Voice) as Akane and audio commentary with character designer and concept artist Ilya Kuvshinov.